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Flag Day 2017: #KEM Honors our American Flag, a Symbol of Freedom and Sacrifice

On this Flag Day, KEM celebrates the history of the Stars and Stripes by remembering all it represents:

Our Fighting Spirit, The American Way, and Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Country.

As KEM executes our mission to support the warfighter and strong national defense by creating tailored, high performance strategic solutions, we pay our respects to all the fallen that have had their caskets covered by our country’s flag as they come home from war, and we remember the oath our flag represents sworn by Americans to uphold the constitution.

In honor of the #ArmyBDay and Flag Day

This We'll Defend.

Posted by U.S. Army on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Click here for proper etiquette reminders for handling the American Flag.

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#KEM Continues to Monitor the 2018 “Skinny Budget” and Its Prospects of Getting Through Congress

Able to Strike a Defense Balance? Defense Increases for 2018, $30 Billion Supplemental for 2017

Proposed Changes to Agency Discretionary Budgets in 2018 (Bloomberg Politics)

President Trump released his 2018 Budget, known as “the skinny budget” in Washington, which includes defense spending of $639 billion, including $65 billion for ongoing emergency war-fighting. This represents a $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by corresponding reductions to non-Defense programs. In addition, the Trump Administration sent a $30 billion 2017 defense supplemental budget request to add $25 billion into 2017 Department of Defense base budget bringing it to $576 billion and adding $5 billion to the emergency wartime spending fund.

#KEM continues to monitor the 2018 “skinny budget’s” prospect of getting through Congress as it seems to not please the left, middle, and far right.  In addition, #KEM continues to track the extent to which budget deliberations ultimately strike a balance between readiness, modernization, and acquisition programs to support the base-budget programs, cyber and intelligence, and counter terrorism capabilities of the current defense strategy.  The full budget will be released in May and needs Congressional approval to become law.

Katherine Blakeley, research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) on the Defense and Aerospace Report: CSBA Blakely on Trump Budget Proposal

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#KEM Supports US and Norway’s Expanding Alliance: Proud Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Industry Council (NADIC) Member

KEM Team at the NADIC Navy League Sea Air Space Show Booth 2016

KEM and Associates LLC is committed to strengthening relationships between the United States and Norway.  KEM employs our strategy practice to support strengthening maritime-surveillance alliance, developing the best capabilities, and expanding strategic relationships to provide dependable situational awareness and collaborative operations.  We look forward to continued work with our strategic partners to strengthen the operational capability, deepen U.S.-Norwegian relations, and stay committed to global security.

NADIC’s purpose is to strengthen relations between the United States and Norway.

NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities, products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community.  NADIC is a trade association that has been established to develop and promote the business and commercial interests of the Norwegian/American defense and homeland security industries within the United States. It studies relevant opportunities and facilitates stronger ties between Norway and the U.S., while encouraging a “fair” competitive environment in U.S. markets.

#KEM is a Proud Member of NADIC.

The KEM executive leadership team looks forward to once again attending NADIC’s signature event, the Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2017.  This conference will be held at The National Press Club, Washington D.C., on April 6, 2017.  Our team with key partners will continue to collaborate with representatives from the American and Norwegian industries, military, and government to discuss opportunities for improved bilateral relations between the U.S. and Norway.

LEARN HOW TO WIN AWARDS MORE OFTEN. #KEM’s Source Selection & Capture Training

Learn how to Win Awards More Often.  KEM’s training significantly increases awards for new work.  

KEM partners with our clients to shape their initial vision, business development, capture management, and proposal development processes.  Our work is proven.  Win Awards more often.

Innovation, Training & Business Management Consulting

reTHINKING THE RFP PROCESS…KEM has successfully developed and delivered Source Selection and Capture Process Training to multiple premier, global defense & aerospace industry leadership teams. KEM’s work is proven successful based on 35 years of U.S. Government acquisition experience plus several years of consulting during which we have participated in more than 20 major systems’ source selections.

Win Awards More Often.

KEM’s CEO, Ken Miller, working with a client on Capture Management Strategy

KEM knows the factors that win, lose and why to protest. BEING RIGHT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Our Source Selection & Capture Process Training emphasizes the keys to success, attributes of a good proposal & an overview of the contract discussion process with interactive lessons learned and team training exercises. A trusted advisor is key – KEM is the trusted advisor to aerospace, defense & supporting commercial missions globally.

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#KEM Supports Norwegian-American Defense Partnership: Seapower Conference Speaker, NADIC National Press Club & Ambassador Residence Reception Attendee

#KEM is a proud member of The Norwegian-American Defense Industry/Homeland Security Council (NADIC), endeavoring to support their purpose of strengthening relations between the United States and Norway by promoting their shared defense and homeland security capabilities.

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Lauren Durante Longwell and Ken Miller at #NADIC16

NADIC’s 4th Annual Norwegian American Defense Conference, The National Press Club on the 19th of May 2016:

#KEM supports A World in Change – US & Norway Partner Nations: a Source of Innovation at the highly successful 4th Annual #NADIC2016 Conference.

NADIC’s Norwegian-American Defense Conference Reception, Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence on the 19th of May 2016:

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KEM’s Ken Miller proudly with Mr. Vidar M. Skjelstad, KONGSBERG Defense Systems

#KEM works to leverage aerospace and defense expertise and partnership to address joint priorities and challenges on critical platforms.

Kongsberg’s 4th Annual Seapower Conference, Kongsberg Defense Systems on 20th of May 2016:

#KEM is honored to be a speaker with ADM John Nathman (ret.) presenting on the “State of the U.S. Navy from a Requirements & Acquisitions Perspective”.

Both U.S. DEPSECDEF Mr. Robert Work & Norwegian Deputy Defense Minister Mr. Øystein Bø offered insightful remarks at #NADIC16:

#KEM strives to help our clients get their world class capabilities into the hands of the warfighter quickly to combat challenges posed by the 360 degree threats environment.

#KEM proud to have our logo with Mr. Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense U.S. & Mr. Oystein Bo, Deputy Defence Minster, Norwegian Ministry of Defense

#KEM Well Positioned for Future: 2016 Message from President & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the KEM and Associates’ Team!  May the new year bring you good health, joy & prosperity.

The start of the new year is an occasion for #KEM to reflect back on our accomplishments and gratitude for our partners, the warfighter & our opportunities to serve in 2015 plus our continued resolve to our mission and growth in 2016.  #KEM Message from President 2016

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Happy Holidays & Thank You from the #KEM Team – Join #KEM in the Holiday Spirit of Giving!

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#KEM is grateful to come together this holiday season to support the warfighter and their families.  In the true holiday spirit of giving, please join #KEM in supporting our active troops, veterans and their families with these amazing organizations: DAV, Armed Services YMCA & USO

KEM VALUE:  CHARITABLE AND TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

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 Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

DAV is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country.  Dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.  Join #KEM, Donate to DAV Here Now

 

 

Armed Services YMCA

  Armed Services YMCA

Armed Services YMCA is a top-rated military nonprofit designed to make military life easier.  Provide hands-on, specialized programs to military and their families.  Join #KEM, Donate to Armed Services YMCA Here Now

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Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  USO has an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and hundreds of entertainment events each year.  Join #KEM, Donate to USO Here Now

 

 

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Check out Ken Miller’s Speech: Rethinking Defense Acquisition (#KEM at Capitol Hill, 11.13.2015)

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Kenneth E. Miller, CEO & President of KEM and Associates LLC

On 11/13/2015 #KEM’s Kenneth E. Miller had the opportunity to be one of the highlighted speakers at Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform Event.

Below is a copy of Ken’s remarks and a CSPAN stream of the entire event focused on the extremely complex subject of Defense Acquisition Reform while providing our warfighters the capabilities they need to keep them and our nation safe.  It was an honor to be included in this event and to partner with Lexington Institute.

Watch CSPAN stream:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?400704-1/discussion-defense-acquisition.

Check Out Kenneth Miller’s Speech: Rethinking Defense Acquisition:

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Connect Here for Photos & Commentary- including gracious remarks by The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, on Ken Miller’s Speech

#KEM Goes to Capitol Hill – Speaker at Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform Event, 11.13.2015

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Kenneth E. Miller and Lauren Durante Longwell of KEM and Associates LLC at Defense Acquisition Reform Event 11.13.15 on Capitol Hill (right to left)

KEM and Associates’ CEO, Kenneth E. Miller,  joined by his Director of Strategic Analysis and Communications, Lauren Durante Longwell, was honored to go to Capitol Hill as a highlighted speaker at The Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Event on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Rayburn House Office Building.

Mr. Miller was honored to be included in The Lexington Institute’s esteemed speaker group discussing the extremely complex subject of Defense Acquisition Reform while focused on providing warfighters the capabilities they need to keep them and our great nation safe. 

Ken Miller’s remarks that, “Over my 35 years in government and six plus years in private consulting there are many ideas being championed to improve the Acquisition process; however, in my view “THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS” nor “A SINGLE SILVER BULLET” to improve or energize the process.  DO we need to rethink Defense Acquisition or just improve what we have now?  Today, we have 4 key areas that must be aligned for program success: Requirements, Acquisition, Budget / Congress and Private Sector communities.  My view is that improving congruency and harmonization of these 4 key communities will do a lot to improve the process.” resonated with many of the speakers, media, and industry leadership

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The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and Kenneth E. Miller at Rayburn House Office building 11.13.15 (right to left)

The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and current Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis, noted Ken Miller’s 11.13.15 comments graciously in her own outstanding remarks surrounding the need for new game changing capabilities that give operators applications that work today by stating that, “I hope everyone wrote down Ken Miller’s list – Spot On, on what we need to do”.  

KEM continues to support their strategic partners and clients globally to build responsive, adaptable, and agile capabilities that are affordable yet keeping pace with technology and international threats.  KEM continues to work daily to support their corporate mission: Support the warfighter and strong national defense by creating tailored, high performance strategic solutions for our global clients.

Thank you again to The Lexington Institute including Mac Carey and Constance Baroudos for all their valuable efforts on behalf of the warfighter and for including KEM and Associates LLC in this forum.